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    Sale 5854

    Arms & Armour

    18 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 74

    A GEORGIAN SILVER-GILT PRESENTATION SMALL-SWORD TO LT. ROBERT MALCOLM, 41ST FOOT

    LONDON SILVER HALLMARKS FOR 1793

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    A GEORGIAN SILVER-GILT PRESENTATION SMALL-SWORD TO LT. ROBERT MALCOLM, 41ST FOOT
    LONDON SILVER HALLMARKS FOR 1793
    Silver maker's mark IF for John Foster (2), with slender blade etched and gilt on a blued panel at the forte, border-engraved hilt including double shell-guard joined by a pair of branches to the base of the knuckle-guard, the inner- and outer- shells each with presentation inscription, urn pommel, the grip bound with patterned silver wire and 'Turk's heads', and in its original scabbard with silver-gilt locket inscribed 'Gray & Constable, Sackville Street, London' (the middle-band and chape each missing)
    31½in (80cm) blade


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    The inscriptions read: "To Lieutenant Robt Malcolm, Adjutant of the 41st Regiment from the Officers of the Westmeath Regnt of Militia;" and "In Testimony of their high opinion of his abilities as an officer and as a small token of their gratitude to him for his unremiting attention to their regiment."

    John Foster registered his mark in 1778 and again in 1789. The retailers Grey & Constable worked in partnership from 1794 to 5 December 1799.

    The 41st Regiment of Foot took up station in Cork 31 December 1796 following service in the West Indies and remained there until 17 August 1799. In that year the regiment embarked for Quebec and Upper Canada. The outbreak of war with the United States in 1812 saw the regiment positioned as the sole full British regiment in Upper Canada and it successfully bore the burden of repelling the initial American attacks.
    The regiment were at the forefront of General Brock's campaign against Detroit in August 1812 and continued to fight with great distinction throughout the war, most notably at Queenstown Heights in October of that year. The 41st regiment returned to Ireland in 1816.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A NOBLEWOMAN